BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater) *OPENING NIGHT FILM
An extraordinary experiment in cinema narrative, Boyhood charts the progress of its protagonist, Mason (Ellar Coltrane, in a remarkable debut performance) from the ages of 6 through 18. Shot semi-secretly over the course of 12 years, from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood shares some similar aspects with other narrative and documentary films, such as Michael Apted’s “Up” series, Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel films, and Linklater’s own Before Sunrise trilogy. But what Linklater does here with Boyhood is truly unprecedented, in which marking the passing time and seeing the characters age authentically without artifice is intensely wedded to a consistent, sustained narrative. Linklater admirably refuses to graft pre-fabricated drama onto his scenario, showing us that ordinary life itself is full of compelling drama.
(June 18, 7pm)